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Jan. 25, 2013

Regency Scored County’s Top 2012 Retail Buy: $81M Grocery-Anchored Center in Hillcrest

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Regency Centers Corp. wrapped up 2012 with San Diego County’s biggest retail transaction of the year. Last month, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based REIT paid $81.1 million for Uptown District, a 148,638-square-foot grocery-anchored center located at 940 University Ave. in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Costar Group identified the buyer as Commercial Properties Services, which was represented by Alvin Mansour of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc.

Uptown District is anchored by Ralphs and Trader Joe’s, and its tenant roster includes national brands like Starbucks, Party City, Pier 1 Imports, Wells Fargo and Panera Bread. About 550,000 residents live within a five-mile radius. The 26-year-old property was renovated most recently in 2007, Costar reported.

Uptown District is 95 percent occupied, a rate that illustrates the strength of San Diego’s retail market. By the end of last year, vacancy in San Diego had declined to about 3 percent, well below the national rate of 9 percent, according to Marcus & Millichap.

Chart courtesy of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc. at marcusmillichap.com

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